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Mauricio Pochettino hails Tottenham's resilient spirit after another late, late show

Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham's fighting spirit, evident in their backs-to-the-wall win at Swansea, is proof that Spurs players are buying into his philosophy.

Spurs had to defend for long periods at the Liberty Stadium yesterday but Christian Eriksen's 89th-minute winner secured a 2-1 victory which took Pochettino's men into seventh place in the Barclays Premier League.

Danish midfielder Eriksen also claimed a 90th-minute winner at Hull last month, which came just weeks after Spurs had struck twice in the final six minutes to win 2-1 against Aston Villa.

"The character is very important, to show and fight in every action," Tottenham manager Pochettino said.

"We are playing the right way and when you arrive at a different club with different players you always need time to try and put your philosophy on the squad.

"I am happy with the players, we are showing the character we want and we got the reaction we want.

"We have a lot of good players and young talent and players like Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane are very important to us."

Kane's header had given Spurs a fourth-minute lead but Swansea created plenty of chances either side of Wilfried Bony's 48th-minute equaliser without managing to make them count.

However, Pochettino felt Spurs were good value for the three points.

"In football you need to score and we deserved to win because we scored. In the last few games we deserved more and didn't score," he said. "We deserved more in the first half but then we conceded and Swansea pushed us.

"We defended deep and maybe Swansea played better in this period, but in the last 10 minutes we were always alive."

Swansea manager Garry Monk pinned the blame for a second consecutive defeat on individual errors.

Poor marking gave Kane the chance to profit from a corner before substitute Jazz Richards' careless clearance allowed Ben Davies to set up Eriksen's low drive from 20 yards.

"It is sickening, two individual errors have cost us and we were not clinical enough," Monk said.

"We lost it more than they won it. It is very hard to take.

"It is an injustice, but football can be cruel at times and we have to learn from that."

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